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HindustanTimes Wed,20 Aug 2014

Football

C-Ron on the rampage
AFP
Istanbul, April 10, 2013
First Published: 23:36 IST(10/4/2013)
Last Updated: 01:49 IST(11/4/2013)

Real Madrid withstood a second-half onslaught from Galatasaray to qualify for their third successive Champions League semi-final 5-3 on aggregate, despite losing 3-2 on the night.

Already leading 3-0 from the first-leg last week, it took Los Blancos just eight minutes to build on their advantage as Sami Khedira crossed for Cristiano Ronaldo to prod home from close range. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/4/11_04_13-metro21.jpg

However, after Ronaldo had missed a gilt edged opportunity to double his tally on the night, Galatasaray produced a remarkable comeback as Emmanuel Eboue thumped in an equaliser from the edge of the box.

Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba then added two goals in a minute to ensure a nervy final 18 minutes for Madrid.

Alvaro Arbeloa saw two quick-fire yellow cards a minute from time to ensure he will miss the first-leg of the semi-final, before Ronaldo sealed Madrid's path into the last four with another sweet strike in stoppage time — his 49th in the Champions League taking him to fifth on the all-time list.  Quick bites | They say

Ronaldo’s brace also took him past club legend Alfredo di Stefano into 11th place in the all-time records for goals scored in European competitions, but he was more concerned with having achieved a place in the last four.  

“The team is fine, they gave me good passes and I did my job, which is to score goals. We have achieved our objective and now we wait to see who we will play next,” he said.


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